BCK, the Heights restaurant known for nostalgia-tinged dishes like macaroni topped with a Cheez-It crust and double-cut pork chops with mashed potatoes, is closing for good at the end of the month.
In a press release, co-owner John Reed said the closure comes after the restaurant was unable to negotiate new lease terms post-COVID with their landlord.
“We had two years left on our lease and wanted to renegotiate to a 10-year lease, and we could not find a common ground, so we found a new tenant to take our place.”
BCK, founded by Reed and Leslie Nguyen, opened in 2018 with the aim of serving nostalgic American-style food inspired by the owners’ favorite childhood dishes. It opened just a year after the California duo opened popular River Oaks restaurant and whiskey bar Bosscat Kitchen + Libations. (BCK Management also owns restaurants in Newport Beach and Orange, California.)
“We came up with this concept three years ago when we were still living in California,” Reed said in 2018. “When we came to Houston and discovered the Heights, we knew we found the perfect place to put it.”
Staff from BCK will be relocated to the Houston Bosscat and the duo’s other restaurants, including a brand new Bosscat location in Orange, California. BCK Management has another project in the works for Houston, which the company plans to announce soon.
In the meantime, Shokku Ramen, a Las Vegas-based restaurant that is open for 24 hours a day and which serves dishes like Super Saiyan Nachos made with crispy dumpling skin, kimchi, pork chashu, and Japanese mayo, will take over the space at 933 Studewood Street. BCK’s last day will be April 30.